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Unread 06-24-2004, 07:08 PM

my name is Linda on May 21t I had a TAHBSO along with removal of lymph glands. The next day the doctor had said he got it all and it did not look like I would have to have anymore treatment. Then I went to the doctor today and he said that althought there was no cancer in the lymph glands it might be in the blood and I may need radiation. Can anybody till me what they do during radiation, how long each treatment lasts, and what the side effects are?
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Unread 06-24-2004, 07:48 PM

Hi Linda,

I did not have radiation, but when my Dr was considering it,he said it would be given 5 days a week for 5 weeks and only take about 30 minutes. Some women also have internal radiation. I think much depends on the type of cancer you had. I am sure others will be a long to help you soon, you will find much support on this site and I am glad you found us
Unread 06-24-2004, 09:12 PM

I'm not sure what this means. You have some kind blood cancer? What will be radiated? I had cervical cancer and radiation/chemo. I had it 5 days a week for 5 weeks. After the initial appointment it only took about 5 minutes a day. There are lots of side effects, mostly diahhrea, toward the end of treatment but it really depends on what kind of cancer you have and what stage and what kind of radiation you will be getting.

Are you going to see an oncologist? Did a gyn/onc do your surgery? Is that who told you that you might have cancer in your blood. What is your next step? If you haven't seen a gyn/oncologist that should be your next appointment. They are the experts.

Best wishes,
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Unread 06-24-2004, 09:19 PM

Cancer does not only spread thru the lymph nodes , but can sometimes also spread thru the vascular system, ( blood stream). My Dr had originally recommended radiation for me,just in case there were any stray cancer cells floating in the blood stream. Before I began radiation more cancer was found thru a PET scan and I had chemo instread, because it would have been too large an area to radiate.
Unread 06-24-2004, 09:46 PM

I just wanted to clarify my original message. I had Uterian Cancer and today the Gynologica Oncologist said that while the cancer was not in the lymph glands in may be in the blood streem and I may need radiation. He said that mine was hard to till because it was on the border.
Unread 06-24-2004, 10:36 PM

If the gyn/onc doesn't know if you need radiation, who does? Who will tell you if you need it or not?

Sorry you are going through this. Radiation isn't fun, but it's very doable. If it improves your chances of survival, I"d do it.

Unread 06-24-2004, 11:41 PM
I'm not sure, but

I think that when it's in the blood then it is leukemia? Is that right? I have an aunt, bless her heart, she is 84, and has had leukemia since 1999. She is doing quite well and at her age!

But obvioulsy you must ask the Dr to be sure. It gets so confusing with terms and sometimes the doctors don't have enough spare time to explain things to us (at least that has been my exp) Sometimes we have to take the initiative to ask and ask and thank God for the net!

Having radiation treatment can be different depending upon what is being treated. Mine was only on my lower torso, done daily and only lasted a few minutes each time.

Please let us know what you find out.


Unread 06-25-2004, 06:41 AM

All the terms and treatments can be very confusing and this link from the American Cancer society explains that cancer that starts any where in the body may spread either thru the lymph system or the blood stream.
Leukemia is cancer that originates in the blood.

Unread 06-25-2004, 07:39 AM

I was dx with endo-cervical adenocarcinoma, stage 1B. My lymph nodes were negative as was other tissue/organs. My gyn/onc wanted my to do 25 external radiation therapies and then 2 days in hospital of the internal kind. He said that he wanted to make sure that any stray cancer cell that might have been left was zapped.
About the external radiation.....the only time it took longer than about 5 minutes was at the very beginning when they are doing simulation and making their calculations.
I finished the external on June 14th and will go in for the internal on June 28th. The only problem I had with the ext. rad. was a little bit of diarhhea and at the very end my bladder was irritated. All of these symptoms can be treated and will go away with time.
Unread 06-25-2004, 10:46 AM

I had Grade II, Stage IIa endometrial cancer dx'd on 01/29/04. On March 3, I had a TAH/BSO, removal of cervix, with 23 lymph nodes removed and a pelvic wash (all negative). When I went back for darn staples to be removed, the gyn/onc told me that she was sure that there was no more cancer but to be on the safe side she wanted me to see a rad/onc. When I asked her how many Radiation treatments I would need, she said that decision would be left up to the rad/onc because that was his area of expertise; her's was the surgical part of it. So my radiation plan of treatment was set up by the rad/onc. Radiation side effects are determined by what area of the body being irradiated. Since mine was pelvic, I had bowel and bladder side effects. It's been four weeks since my last treatment and all side effects are just about gone,and I've started back to Curves for Women and feel like I have my life back. But it's important to realize that one person doesn't have all the answers for our treatment; each specialist does what he/she knows best. My gyn diagnosed my cancer and referred me to the gyn/onc who performed the surgery and referred me to the rad/onc. I couldn't be happier with the results! Carol

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